The number of chairlifts at Utah Olympic Park will double within two years if the foundation that operates the Olympic venue successfully raises $11 million in donations. Located near Canyons Village, the park debuted with a CTEC double in 1992 and added its second chairlift in 1999. The Utah Legacy Foundation was founded in 2002 and created a model for post-Olympic sustainability, adding an alpine slide, two museums, zip lines and more to the facility. Utah Olympic Park still hosts hundreds of athletes for training in multiple disciplines and the proposed ski expansion would better support them.
A $2.7 million phase one expansion would see Deer Valley’s Homestake lift re-purposed for intermediate training near the shorter ski jumps. The 1999 Garaventa CTEC quad chair would have a mid load station and be installed next summer in order to open by late 2019. This lift will be around 1,200 feet long with a vertical rise of 400′. An even more ambitious project would add 30 acres of skiing on West Peak near the Olympic bobsled and luge track at a cost of $5.8 million. At 3,280′ x 1,200′, this lift would be roughly comparable in size to Jupiter at nearby Park City Mountain. The West Peak project is tentatively scheduled for 2020.
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation President and CEO Colin Hilton told the Park Record this week that donations are off to a solid start. “Through the fundraising efforts, we feel pretty good that we are going to secure the first $3 million of the $11 million campaign to be able to progress. That’s why the Homestake lift is in the parking lot.”